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CSPAN
Jul 15, 2011 6:30pm EDT
, a big thank-you to the staff, without mean, this would not have been possible, as usual. thank you very much for all you did. [applause] let me just say, we have a lot of work to do. let's make hay with the sunshine. those involved in the press conference, could you please go immediately to grand ballroom be because we are late. [laughter] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> wrapping up this session of the national governors' association from salt lake city. we just heard from washington state governor, the chair for this summer's conference. we will have more events throughout the weekend. tomorrow afternoon o'clock 30, the session on remembering 9/11, protecting borders and communities. on sunday at 1:30, the closing session. you will also be able to find all the segments on line in their entirety at c-span.org -- online in their entirety at c- span.org. it >> this weekend, live from salt lake city, the nation's governors look at the net the -- lessons of 9/11, and the featured speaker talks competitivenes
CSPAN
Jul 22, 2011 6:30pm EDT
, this is a debate about our economy, and frankly is a big debate about the future of our country. until recently, the president was demanding that the congress increased the debt limit with no strings attached. as a matter of fact, the treasury secretary sent me a letter two days after we were sworn in demanding that we give him a clean increase in the debt limit. i responded and told the treasury secretary at the american people would not tolerate a clean increase in the debt ceiling unless there was serious spending cuts attached and will reform in the way we spent the american people's money. i went to new york city in may and gave a speech to the new york economic club where i outlined the challenges we were facing and i made it clear that we would not increase the debt limit for the cuts that exceeded that increase in the debt limit and that there would be no new taxes and that there would be serious spending reforms put in place. it is time to get serious. i'm confident that the leaders here in the congress can act, the white house will give serious, we will. >> your own aides say that the
CSPAN
Jul 7, 2011 8:00pm EDT
and dime the people who need it most but when it comes to war, there's a big, fat blank check. we need to be honest with ourselves. we need to be honest with each other. across the country, the americans, hard working, tax paying citizens who oppose war. they oppose their hard earned dollars being sent overseas to support 10 long years of war. but let me be clear. they do not oppose paying their taxes. they are not anarchists rr anti-government activists. but as conscientious objectors to war these americans want their taxes invested here at home. think want to provide food for the homeless, pave roads and strong schools. they want medicare and social security to exist for their parents, their children and their grandchildren. they want their tax dollars to care for soldiers and their families when they return home. they will see an end and cure to cancer. they want a cure for aids. they want to see small business thrive. and innovation become the en-in of our economy. they want high speed rail like in asia. they want transit systems that are safe and get people where they knead to go.
CSPAN
Jul 1, 2011 6:30pm EDT
the big fight's going going to be over the debt ceiling limit. that's where the hard negotiations are going to be put out. and then they will probably be given a new number, and they'll have to revisit that bill that they've worked on in committee and meet the new number. so if that's what happens, it's probably a good thing. host: so first things first. guest: look, here's what each department or each function of government is going to be getting, and then work out what you think you can get, the most bang for the buck, so to speak. host: let's get to calls for you. we're going to begin with a call from los angeles. michelle is a democrat there. you're on for david keating of the club for growth. caller: given that you made the comments about t republican candidate mitt romney has developed an unshakable reputation as a flip-flop per uses federal powers to coerce taxpayers, and tim pawlenty is hard to pin down, who do you like? guest: well, what the club for we haveohas been doing, published a series of white papers on many of the presidential candidates, all of those that have d
CSPAN
Jul 27, 2011 8:00pm EDT
. we've heard from a number of big name performers now who said they got their entry the development of their career, through the n.e.a. some gave back by developing a theater in communities that they thought had seen their best days behind them and yet by uniting the community, it's clear now their best days are ahead of them because young people want to stay in that community. they're excited about the arts that are provided. this program does so much with so little. and yet the gentleman wants to cut $10.6 million, that's .03% of nondefense discretionary funding. we had $174 million in the fiscal year 2011 bill. it was cut down to $155 million, ultimately, for f.y. 2011. now it's been cut another $20 million, down to $135 million. i know my good friend from idaho, the chair of the committee, wishes and knows it should be more. but i think most of us, when we reflect, understand that if we continue to take money from programs that provide so much to really the heart and soul of this nation, we will lose those abilities, those instruments we have to reduce the harshness and rancor t
CSPAN
Jul 11, 2011 8:00pm EDT
is a fortune and costly at my 13-foot wide townhouse nearby the capitol and heating costs is a big issue in oregon. the building technologies program reduces the costs until homes and buildings by fostering private-public partnership to develop techniques and tools for making homes and businesses more affordable, productive and efficient. according to the department of energy, the building technologies program has resulted in fully 14 -- $14 billion of direct savings to the consumer, savings that has been re-invested in local economies. additionally since its founding 20 years ago, the building technologies program has saved the equivalent of over 12 billion gallons of gasoline. this amendment would return the building technologies program to just its current fiscal year 2011 funding level. this amendment will cost nothing extra, because it is fully offset by taking funds from the office of the secretary. according to the energy and water appropriations subcommittee report, quote, a significant fraction of the funding directed in prior appropriations reports to specified energy efficienc
CSPAN
Jul 19, 2011 8:00pm EDT
of her patients which is a big, huskey guy. they used to kind of razz each other. she did the soup de nuts checkup. she did a urine test. she found a tiny speck of blood at the lab which they were concerned about. turned out he had bladder cancer. because they were able to detect it so quickly, because of that annual checkup and the cancer screening tests that are now covered under medicare, it was a day surgery, in and out and really very nonintrusive event that cost a fraction of what it would have been if he had not that checkup to detect that cancer early. she had at least two other patients because of the new affordable care act annual checkup where they detected cancer and, again, were able to intervene at a low cost compared to what it would have benefited a new full-blown case. mr. tonko: representative courtney, we are talking about taking an economic sound program, like medicare, for our nation's seniors and allows for the benefit of pooled resource fathers coast to coast to serve our nation's seniors well. the concern here is, representative garamendi, we wanted -- they wan
CSPAN
Jul 21, 2011 8:00pm EDT
don't think it's an appropriate thing to simply wheel the old-fashioned political tool of a big, heavy, draconian weapon and try to slash their budget and think you are going to change it. you're not. and you will be perceived, this house will be perceived, by the general public for what this is. simply attempt to roll back our progress on policing our own activities. i understand that that might make some people comfortable. but it's not the right thing to do. and people here know that. this is payback. and i don't mind. i'm one of the few members of this house who call myself proudly a politician. i understand payback. but let's call it what it is. we don't like what they do. and we are going to defund them. don't pretend that something else is going on. that's what it is. it will be bad for the house of representatives. and it will not change the things that people have expressed that they don't like. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. watt: mr. chairman, i yield one minute to the gentle
CSPAN
Jul 5, 2011 8:00pm EDT
, and i would say let's go back to basics. when you have a big problem, you go back to the basics where you have to start to solve a problem, and the basics are a budget. if we can agree on a budget, and, heck, i think we all agree that if we get one on the floor, there's going to be a lot of amendments. there's going to be a lot of amendments to a budget resolution. let's get started. let's use this week to produce a budget resolution, and let's start having the amendments about spending levels, about spending priority. that will be a way that we can start the process of determining if we can, in fact, lift the debt ceiling because there are significant cuts in the spending in this country that would show the rest of the world that is holding our debt as well as the american people who are living with this government and holding part of the debt that we're serious, that we are going to get our financial house in order, and we're going to do it with a budget resolution that cuts spending and sets priorities like every family and every business in this country are required to do, and mos
CSPAN
Jul 18, 2011 8:30pm EDT
, south carolina, utah and i am leaving out north carolina and illinois because those are the big jackpot states with a really driving party potential for gain. than i have a question mark as far as which party is going to gain a seat or lose a seat and it could be a fair fight in states like iowa, new jersey and arizona are go but i'm sure the five states we'll be talking a lot about this morning and i will stop short in going on depth in this are illinois and north carolina which are opportunities for partisan capitalization on this redistricting. illinois for democrats picking up potential a five or six seats or four or five seats republicans losing five or six and illinois. north carolina where i put republican gains have possibly three seats be the -- depending on the legal challenge to the mass republicans are proposing and then california where he think democrats at the end of the day will probably pick up two or three seats as a result of the entangling of california's uncompetitive line at the moment. texas where i expect republicans netting two seats depending on the legal chall
CSPAN
Jul 4, 2011 8:00pm EDT
that was a big mistake. >> i certainly would. >> politically and. >> and detaching the dollar from the gold standard. >> we're all foreign policy guys. you domestic guys react later. >> the second was that he didn't mine high fong and do more intense bombing of north vietnam earlier in 1969 rather than when he did it after the trip to china and before the trip to the soviet union. we forget that the trip to the soviet union was the first trip by an american president to the soviet union and he did it against the backdrop of very strong military attacks on north vietnam that he later regret he had done earlier. my question is, if he had done it earlier, would it have been possible to do it earlier with respect to his thinking about going to china? would it have been possible to go to china against that? and with respect to the soviet union, would he have been able to do it without having some violent response from them. after the trip to china, they were unnerved by that and the very fact that the trip was pulled off after that was seen, as you can imagine how the north vietnamese held about
CSPAN
Jul 25, 2011 8:30pm EDT
of the big package. we think that estimate was given in 2009 and the authors of the estimate think that its low, and we are very concerned that it's going to be much higher than that and we will continue to get much higher than that. and obviously the collection the states and governments that rely on the revenue, but those folks in those little towns across the country that are trying to make a living selling to the people in their community that have an automatic six to 8% price disadvantage simply because the truck is driving out hundred and of packages is having a devastating effect on small and medium-size retailers. i get we too many telephone calls from the country that are in their view being killed by that price differential. >> he raises the point some of the leading proponents of applying the sales tax online or wal-mart and target national retailers who have also been blamed by small retailers for price pressures and that sort of thing. how would you respond to that? >> they are major proponents of this, but they are not alone. i spend a lot of time talking to the after market a
CSPAN
Jul 6, 2011 8:00pm EDT
up with big solutions. the 1980s, particular time is fe in the state legislature then god was happening in washington. when i was 39 years old in 1983s ronald reagan and tip of then' haida meeting at the whiten house. allegedly went something likehat this. the president says social security is going brokeep in 20 years he would discuss the report. o'neill said i agree. the president's amateur comic, t but not one to t raise tax. i't o'neill said i'm like, but i don't what to get the benefit. pick up the extras and said what you want to do quite to push th9 eligibility out to get the systematic and actuarial soundness. i was 39ing in 1983. of i would've been collecting social security at the age of 6r in 2010. are because reagan got togethert they push eligibility out by one year to reach 66, not age 65. a it goes up to messier to save 67 in a few years. the actuarial soundness for 67 years. the reason it is now in trouble again is that retracted aecurity communist difficulties thatcollo cause people come at babyci boomers to go to the bank in asw social security to collect
CSPAN
Jul 1, 2011 8:00pm EDT
hey that don't does not very big. it is not very expensive to lift the ball up and get it over that bump and let it keep rolling downhill. i am going to invest or if i'm the person involved i'm going to seek investors and keep growing. there are many many situations though where that just doesn't work. it doesn't work because oh you know it is difficult to get anyone ball and what you have to do is old those that ball. than that is a public public -- anybody can roll down that so it may take many of the situations either a public good to appropriate the value of it or at least partially publicly. we see that all over the place. the human genome products as was it example. every pharmaceutical company that would be a good thing to have the genome but it was not going to be something that they could appropriate enough of to make essentially optimal investment. gps. everybody, maybe could have been smart enough to say if we had all the gps satellites up there i can make rockets and all sorts of things. imagine going out to investor saying i'm going to go do that. whatever you can
CSPAN
Jul 20, 2011 8:00pm EDT
couldn't get along well enough in those days to spend more money on big programs. there was legislation that was passed that supported in a bipartisan way by president clinton and republicans in congress to limit spending. so there was some spending restraint. but the reality is the last time we had our fiscal house in order and were spending less money than we were taking in was a time in which the economy was growing. if we really want to address the issue of balancing our budget, we should focus much more attention than we have on growing the economy, putting people to work and allowing as they work that the taxes will be collected. the greatest opportunity we have to improve people's lives is to create an environment in which jobs are created, in which employers feel comfortable in investing in the future and buying plant and equipment and putting people to work. and so while it's cut, cap and balance today, we need to make certain we don't forget, in my view, that fourth component: grow the economy. and in my view, that means a tax code that is certain and fair, that doesn't change
CSPAN
Jul 5, 2011 8:00pm EDT
the opportunity to do something big. it can force our government to live within its means and put the economy on a stronger footing for the future. and allows us to invest in that future. we agreed that until we solve the deficit problem, we need to find trillions in savings over the next decade. and significantly more this fall. that is the amount i put forward in the framework i announced a few months ago. that is around the same amount the republicans have put forward in their own plans. it is the kind of substantial progress that we should be aiming for here. to get there, we need to take on spending and the tax cut. and this will require both parties to get out of our comfort zones, and both parties to agree on a real compromise. i am ready to do that. i believe there are enough people in each party that are willing to do that. we need to come together over the next few weeks to reach a deal that will reduce the deficit and a pulled the credit of the united states government in the credit of the american people. that is why even as we continue discussions, i have asked the leaders of bot
CSPAN
Jul 12, 2011 8:00pm EDT
seniors pay the double health care costs. big oil get subsidies, millionaires get tax breaks and corporations pay less taxes. we are hearing that they want to cut medicare. they are proposing to pay even more for medicare benefits through higher co-pays or higher premiums. the solution is fixing the real problem of increasing health care toss costs for all americans, not shifting cost burdens on our seniors. that's not going to work for the 40 million seniors enrolled in the program that have medicare for their health and economic security. that's not all. next week, republican will push a cut in medicare yet. it is pulling the rug from under the seniors in the name of cutting spending. this amendment is designed to make it easier to reduce the deficit by slashing medicare benefits rather than slashing loopholes for private jets. we would have to privatize medicare completely and raise its eligibility age to 67. by forcing congress to keep spending at unheard of levels, we would inevitably shift the real economic burdens onto the nation's most vulnerable, the elderly. it woul
CSPAN
Jul 18, 2011 8:00pm EDT
they think, no big deal. if we don't raise the debt ceiling, we can't pay 60% of our debts. but we've got to make some concrete choices on who gets that 60%. and no matter who gets it, it will create a cat clizz. for the united states and perhaps the -- a cataclysm for the united states and perhaps the entire world. italy, spain, greece, ireland are already in trouble in europe, an they don't have central banks like we have the federal reserve so to some degree we can have an auction of treasury notes and bring in revenue, they don't. if we end up having a very, very serious economic problem in this country, it's going to trigger a worldwide recession. nobody wins. nobody comes out on top if this happens. and the unemployment numbers, 9.2%, they're going to rise. i don't want people looking at this tonight or any of my colleagues believing that those are my numbers or that i'm the only one who believes there's going to be trouble. ben bernanke, re-appointed by george bush, says if we make deep cuts in the u.s. budget, it is going to create a problem because right now the only money that i
CSPAN
Jul 14, 2011 8:00pm EDT
and credit officials. i have also spoken with big banking executives with trade associations, with government watchdog groups and the consumer advocates across the country. i am pleased to report that our various initiatives on improving mortgages and supervising non-bank credit businesses and setting up a strong military service office has received widespread support from both individuals and groups across this country. in my written testimony, i also described in detail the steps congress has taken to provide meaningful oversight over the cfpb and to make sure that it remains accountable both to congress and to the american people. i appreciate the opportunity to discuss that oversight today. so, without chairman isayah, ranking member comings, members of the committee thank you again for inviting me to testify about the consumer financial protection bureau. as we prepare this agency to begin its various responsibilities, we appreciate the important oversight role of the committee and we thank you for your interest. >> i:the gentlelady. without i will recognize myself for five minutes for a
CSPAN
Jul 28, 2011 8:00pm EDT
karzai government. how about ending wasteful subsidies to big agriculture companies? how about asking billionaire hedge fund managers to pay the same tax rates as their secretaries? the truth is that the best way to deal with our long-term fiscal situation is to grow our economy. that means creating jobs and putting people back to work. the last election i thought was about jobs. we haven't talked about jobs at all since the new republican majority became -- came to power. that means investing in things like education and infrastructure and green technology and medical research. that's the kind of economic future the american people deserve. the boehner default plan would take us exactly in the wrong direction and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reject it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california has 5 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman is recognized. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, as i listen to my friend from the other side of the aisle, mr. mcgovern, talk about what ha
CSPAN
Jul 6, 2011 8:00pm EDT
are big numbers, but we are looking forward as to how we push the afghan security system to a point where they can take care of themselves and in fact begin to run their country as they should. most of my good colleagues' arguments were better suited for the conversation when he in april with reference to the overall budget. that budget passed, this amount that we're now going to spend on the department of defense fits under the discretionary spending cap that we put in place back in april. the subcommittee on defense appropriations had done their work, allocated their amount of moneys across a lot of priorities, it said yes to this issue, so i rise in opposition to my colleague's amendment and would urge my colleagues to oppose it as well. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from rhode island. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the amendment is -- mr. cicilline: mr. chairman, i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: a recorded vote has been
CSPAN
Jul 27, 2011 8:00pm EDT
the august 2 deadline as is if it is no big deal. they say they have their owneal theories about when the real deadline is. that just leaves me dumbfounded. i for one i'm going to take the treasury secretary and virtually every economist at their word.ot we need a solution before august august 2 or we risk economicstr. catastrophe. who there are some members who are essentially saying that the treasury can pirate sites payments to avoid default byt b getting social security checks out shouldn't be a problem. i we pro. heard their republican member onon public radio this pt weekend say that a pirate for social security checks taxes in the trust fund. well, yes, we have $2.6 trilliot in assets in the trust fund, but they are all in treasuries securities, not cash. i find it just stunning that a a member of congress let alone a i member of the budget committee understand the most basic functioning of our government. lit now, if there is no debt limit increase, treasury may be able to juggle payments to get social security checks out on august 3. and i'mo sure they will do do everything t
CSPAN
Jun 30, 2011 8:00pm EDT
and a couple of other colors are absolutely correct. big pharma in this .. fought against any type of health care reform, has made it very expensive. the cost of insulin has increased from about $32 a vial to over $50 a vial. since the health care bill was passed in congress, it is impossible for me to believe that insulin production costs have increased over 100%, or route 100% -- or around 100%. something is going on, and i think it is called greed. i would like the commentators and addressed the issue of healthcare in this country -- if you are willing to provide it people like me with any type of reasonable health care coverage -- they are allowed to continue their criminal behavior. guest: you mentioned that pharmaceuticals opposing health- care reform. that is not the case. we want to make sure that everybody has access to affordable health insurance. we are very much supportive of that . your comment about greed, i just don't agree with that. and a standby people have that perspective, but that is not -- i understand why people have that perspective, but that is not what our companies
CSPAN
Jul 28, 2011 8:00pm EDT
another $1.8 trillion in cuts. candidly, that's a big step back from where we were a weekend ago. where at least on the cut side, even on the cut side. even the president had agreed to at least $3 trillion in cuts. that's our understanding. what we have coming out of the house right now as a bill that doesn't cut as much as the president had agreed to last weekend. and so we have on this side a bill that cuts about $1 trillion after a spin sport. again, i applaud the leader of the senate for putting forth a bill that at least he's moving us in the right direction. but again, it's $2 trillion short of where the president had been with leaders a week ago. or at least that's our understanding. i'm pretty sure that that understanding is correct. we also know that the general mantra, that's been adopted by wall street and by people that are looking at our country around the world that we need to do something that is at least a $4 trillion solution. so i would say to the senator from california who just spoke, i couldn't agree more. we have not addressed this situation the way that we should.
CSPAN
Jul 26, 2011 8:00pm EDT
and off-shore drilling, which in california is a big deal because the air blows onto the land. how could they threaten the lives of millions of americans by blocking the e.p.a. how could they put together a bill that could potentially contaminate 117 million americans' water. how could you do that? have you no pride in this country? do you not care about the basic things that we have done to create a country that cares about clean water? you talk about jobs, and yet in this bill, you eliminate the funding for the clean water act, which is really building sanitation facilities in our community? i remember in the 1960's, the great pride, 500 people in my community took when they got money from the federal government and built the first sanitation system in that small town. how could you den eye americans -- deny the americans that opportunity? that's what this bill does. take pride in what you are doing, gentlemen, because at the end of the day, the american public will not take pride in what you are doing to this piece of legislation. with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yiel
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